Unemployment rates for August 2012 released this week rank Carroll County eighth in Maryland for the lowest percentage of unemployed residents.
Only 6.5 percent of Carroll County residents were unemployed in August, down slightly from 6.6 percent in July and 6.6 percent in June of 2012, according to statistics from the Carroll County Department of Economic Development.
The unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in August of 2011.
With 94,161 Carroll County residents in the labor force, 87,995 were employed in August, with 6,166 unemployed, statistics show.
In January 2012 the rate of unemployed residents was 6.5 percent. It dropped to 5.8 percent in April and jumped up to 6.6 percent in June 2012.
Montgomery ranks first with a rate of 5.2 percent and Baltimore City ranks the lowest at 11 percent. The national unemployment rate in August was 8.1 percent.
Carroll County ranks behind Montgomery, Howard, Frederick, Calvert, St. Mary's, Queen Anne's and Charles.